TEMPLE CITY >> No lead, apparently how big, is safe in the Rio Hondo League this baseball season.
Monrovia High School proved that point on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats scored six times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Temple City, 8-6.
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SAN MARINO >> Zech Jarrard was peering onto the San Marino High School baseball field with a Yogi Berra-like grin.
The Temple City center fielder did not bring up Berra’s famous line, “It’s not over until it’s over.” But he was definitely believing, and smiling, about it.
The junior drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt in the seventh inning to help the visiting Rams to a 4-1 victory over San Marino in a Rio Hondo League opener Friday afternoon.
The Mark Keppel High School girls basketball team is finally going to the big dance.
The Aztecs defeated Redondo Union, 48-44, on Saturday morning at The Walter Pyramid on the campus of Cal State Long Beach to advance to next Saturday’s CIF State Division II championship game at Haas Pavilion at Cal.
Keppel led, 46-44, with 9.8 seconds left. The Sea Hawks called timeout, but the tenacious Keppel defense stole the ball and scored to seal the victory.
Keppel will play Archbishop Mitty, which defeated Dublin 63-49.
There was no stopping Tyler Dorsey this season.
When the Maranatha High School boys basketball team needed a big rally, like the Minutemen did in an Olympic League game against Village Christian, there was Dorsey. When other players were not quite hitting, there was Dorsey, like when he dropped in a season-high 52 points against Chaminade in the CIF State Division IV Southern California regional quarterfinals.
On Friday, he was named California’s Gatorade boys basketball player of the year.
“It’s truly a blessing,” Dorsey said of the honor. “I feel like all the work I put in to be one of the best players in California is amazing. I did not know if I was going to get it or not. It means a lot.”
Twenty-four San Gabriel Valley and Whittier-area baseball teams helped raise $9,000 to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles through a preseason tournament. They presented the money, and signed baseball for fellow youth this week. Participating in the hospital visit was:
Brett Harper, Cameron Henderson, Ruben Martinez, Alex Stamos, Daniel Saldivar (La Salle), Frankie Garriola, Nio Lopez, Sumner Smith (Pasadena), Brent Hirokawa (Bosco Tech), Daniel Alvarez, Alex Gonzalez (California), Spenser Rouse, Matt McGeach, Nick Monares, Austin Salvador (Loyola), Michael Luna (Arcadia), Jonathan Ramos (Hoover), Chandler Robbins (Burbank), Chris Clarke (Newbury Park), David Barta (Village Christian), Josh Speakes (Temple City). Attending coaches are Harry Agajanian, Ernesto Martin, John Valerio (La Salle), Mike Parisi and Chris Rucker (Pasadena) and Mike Cordero (Loyola).